For our 3rd installment we feature the Cape Town based eclectic Producer/DJ Bonolo Thomas AKA Bo’s Hub. Listen to her exclusive mix below.
I recently heard the Under Pressure Sundays season finale which was released this past week. Please give us the lowdown on how the dope idea came about and are you going to continue with it or is this really the end?
So Under Pressure Sundays came about very spontaneously. My very good friend DrugFreeSports and myself started the page, with the help of Justice Machaba, Lazy Ent and Dada Shiva, as a means of channeling our experimental musical ideas. The Under Pressure Sundays page was just a simple outlet and the weekly Sundays element added to the “under pressure” type vibe we had imagined. The consistency of our weekly drops gave the experiment momentum and it literally just grew from there. Today I’d say Under Pressure Sundays is a safe space open to musicians and producers who would like to share their perspective of music.
It is definitely not the end, it’s quite the opposite actually. Under Pressure Sunday’s is structured seasonally, so this finale tape is just the end of this season. There should be more stuff coming your way in a few months or so. It’s also quite difficult to cope with the weekly time constraint so breaks are necessary.
Of course, okay that’s good news! I wanted to know in your experiences, what are some of the challenges that still have to be overcome in such a male dominated industry? Although we now have platforms like Pussy Party and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun that promote and cater for femme DJs.
I absolutely love these platforms that are surfacing in and around our spaces that cater to female talent like myself. What’s so amazing (but not surprising) is that fact that the general vibe at Pussy Party (for example) is the actual vibe. Like, nothing beats those organic energies, which says a lot about the trajectory of where the industry is headed. There are so many dope huns killing it out here, stressing about the male dominance aspect of this stuff (I feel) will hinder my vision and growth as an artist.
In your opinion, what’s the difference between the Cape Town and Joburg music scene?
In terms of the eclectic nature of the scene in both areas, I’d say they’re pretty much the same to be honest. I think Cape Town is more exciting because of the variety of spaces we have as options. It’s almost like a musical treasure hunt. You can stumble across a cool, low-key, live band acoustic spot on a strange day. A place you have never heard of and they’re playing your favourite type of music there. In Joburg you have “go-to” spots you go to in order to access these vibes. Certain places are known for certain vibes and that is how it is, unless you come across pop up festivals that creep up here and there (which we need more of).
A little get to knows:
– Music to get high to…
Anything by Vibe Music Collective, James Blake (Pembroke/CMYK stuffs) and definitely a lot of other tracks. This question isn’t fair lol
– Favourite piece of tech…
I’m assuming you mean technology? lols uhm… my laptop.
– Music to play at the afterparty when it’s 6am and the sun is beginning to rise…
It depends what type of party I come from. I usually continue the previous vibe. So if we were at WeHouseSundays for example, I’d play a young deep house playlist.
– Favourite hangout spot…
Anywhere in Obz and Woodstock (Cape Town). Kitcheners in Joburg AF. I’m more of a chill session girl or cooler box outdoorsy vibes wherever.
– A Musician/DJ you’d want to collaborate with…
Hlasko, Linafornia, P.U.D.G.E, Steve Lacy and Frank Ocean. I want to learn from DJ Premier. I’d also love to DJ alongside someone like Hannah Faith. She attracts a very good aura and vibe. That Pussy Party type energy. Lol I know I’m reaching…
Artwork By: @Kemo.wasabi for Under Pressure Sundays